President Basescu: We want Romanian minority in Ukraine to enjoy similar rights to Ukrainians’ in Romania

During his talks with the President of the World Congress of Ukrainians, Eugene President at Cotroceni, yesterday, Traian Basescu said it was desirable that the Romanian minority in Ukraine should benefit from the same rights as the Ukrainian minority in Romania. According to a release posted on the Presidency website, the head of state also stressed the fact that the Ukrainian minority benefits, among other things, from representation on the Romanian Parliament as well as special funds from the state budget.  ‘Our vision on minorities is that, apart from their rights, the state should have an active role so that its citizens of different ethnicity can feel like being part of the nation,’ Basescu said. Eugene Czolij, in his turn, said Romania was an example for its treatment of national minorities, says the Presidency release. ‘Whenever I have a chance, I give Romania as an example of the way in which it treats national minorities and for the way in which it understands to respect human rights. Romania is at the highest level in what regards the respect it shows to citizens of other ethnicity, even reserving seats in Parliament for the national minorities,’ said the president of the World Congress of Ukrainians. The World Congress of Ukrainians, represented by Eugene Czolij, includes organisations of Ukrainians from a total of 34 countries including the one of the Ukrainian minority in Romania. This organisation works for the preservation of the national identity of Ukrainians living outside Ukraine and development of culture in the Diaspora.

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